The UFC is hosting its sixth pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, and it’s the first time that the promotion has made its debut on the biggest show of the year.UFC Fight Night 69 took place on Sunday and saw former UFC Heavyweight champion Jon Jones (14-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) defend his belt against ex-champ and former champion Chris Weidman (20-5 MMA, 14-3 UFC) in a fight that saw a number of notable draws.
The event, which was headlined by the promotion’s first event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, featured the promotion debuting a pair of new fighters.
The first was former UFC heavyweight champion Benson Henderson (10-2 MMA, 8-2 WWE) against current UFC light heavyweight champion Robbie Lawler (18-2-1 MMA, 10-2 NXT) in the co-main event.
The second fighter was former WWE champion CM Punk (20, 8 UFC), who defeated former UFC Lightweight champion Demetrious Johnson (23-7 MMA, 15-6 UFC) via unanimous decision in the main event.
Both the UFC and PPV announced the event, but a promotion spokesperson declined to share more details about the fighters.
It’s the latest in a string of UFC PPV events, which have included an event headlined by UFC lightweights champion Jonny Dodson (12-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) and UFC welterweight champion Jose Aldo (23, 6-1 UFC) taking part in the first event of the event series.
The other UFC PPVs are headlined by a UFC heavyweight title fight between champ Fabricio Werdum (20% of the UFC’s total pay-stream) and former UFC middleweight champion Fabricio Freire (11-0-1).
Both fights are scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las, and UFC President Dana White says that he and the promotion are looking forward to bringing fans the excitement of a live event.
“We’re going to do a really, really exciting thing.
We’re going into this with a whole lot of expectations,” White said during an appearance on the FOX Sports Radio podcast “The MMA Hour.”
“I think it’s going to be a good one, but it’s not necessarily the one you want to see.
I think there’s a lot of fans that are going to really love it, and a lot that are not.
I really don’t think there is going to [be] a lot people that are watching it that are disappointed.
I don’t know if there’s any other event in the world that can do that, but I think this is going be a great one.”
Weidman and Jones are the only fighters scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night 70, which is headlined by former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (22-4 MMA, 6 to 5 UFC) vs. former UFC welman Luke Rockhold (20:00 ET, FOX Sports 1) in an MMA bout.
The fight will take place on the undercard of UFC Fight Pass, which has seen the promotion produce five UFC events this year.
The last UFC PPVA event was headlined in October by former champion Daniel Cormier (19-5-1) vs, former UFC bantamweight champion Rory MacDonald (17-2, 9-3).
The event featured a title bout between MacDonald and former bantamweights champion Eddie Alvarez (12, 4 UFC), and UFC officials have said that the event was the only one to air on pay-network PPV in 2017.
The second event in a line of UFC events that has seen a lot less coverage is the debut of a new fighter for the promotion.
It was announced that former UFC lightweight champion Daniel Straus (19, 7 MMA, 3 to 3 WWE) would face former UFC featherweight champion Anthony Pettis (17, 8 MMA, 1 to 1 WWE) in his first fight since 2013.
It will take the form of a middleweight bout that takes place on UFC Fight Network’s main card of the promotion against former featherweight titleholder Johny Hendricks (25-10 MMA, 16-8-1 WWE) on December 13.
The former UFC champion has made headlines recently for being arrested on charges of domestic violence and assault.
The UFC announced on Monday that Straus would be suspended from competition indefinitely, and that he was placed on indefinite suspension by the UFC after an incident with his former girlfriend that was captured on a surveillance camera.